Cold Contagious

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"Cold Contagious"
Single by Bush
from the album Razorblade Suitcase
Released December 20, 1997 (Australia)
Format CD single
Genre Post-grunge
Length 6:00 (Album Version)
3:55 (Radio Edit)
Label Trauma/Interscope
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Steve Albini
Bush singles chronology
"Cold Contagious"
"Mouth (The Stingray Mix)"

"Cold Contagious" was the fourth and final single from post-grunge band Bush's second studio album, Razorblade Suitcase. "Bonedriven" and "Cold Contagious" are the only Bush singles from 1994-1999 not to be included on the band's 2005 greatest hits compilation, The Best of: 1994-1999, apparently excluded in favour of two additional tracks from the band's remix album Deconstructed that were not released as singles.

Style and lyrics[edit]

"Cold Contagious" features a sharp distorted sound and a heavy, dark drumbeat. The lyrics seem to be about a relationship breaking up, accompanied by a desire for revenge. "Cold Contagious" is unusually long among Bush songs—at about six minutes, it is the longest track Bush ever released, except for the song "Distant Voices," also on Razorblade Suitcase, and "Alien" on Sixteen Stone, which is the same length musically but has about thirty seconds of silence at the end. However, "Distant Voices" contains two hidden tracks. The radio edit of "Cold Contagious" is much shorter.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Mark Lebon in March and April 1997, the video was shot in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Days Inn Hotel (Hotel room used was 211), East Rutherford, New Jersey and in Madison Square Garden in New York. Dave Parsons' girlfriend is also in the video.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

While Razorblade Suitcase initially reached the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 200, its sound proved not to be as radio-friendly as that of Bush's first album, Sixteen Stone. "Cold Contagious" was not a big hit, although it was more successful than the third single from the album, "Bonedriven," which failed to chart at all in the U.S. "Cold Contagious" peaked at No. 18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 23 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

  • AUS CD Single IND95548 (Digipak)
    1. "Cold Contagious (Radio Edit)" - 3:55
    2. "Swallowed (Goldie Remix)" - 5:50
    3. "Synapse (My Ghost in the Bush of Life Remix)" - 6:29
    4. "In a Lonely Place" - 6:00


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts[2] 75
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 57
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 23


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